Yo, Philly! Looking for ways to keep the Philly vibe alive from home? We’ve got everything you need right here.Continue reading “Your Virtual Guide to All Things Philly”
Congratulations, Class of 2020! Insert balloons, champagne, cheers—maybe some tears, but definitely cake—here.Continue reading “Here’s to You, Grads: All the Ways to Celebrate Your Moment This May”
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In Philadelphia, sports unify people across all cultures and demographics. The Philadelphia International Unity Cup, presented by Goya, is no exception. The tournament has been uniting the city’s neighborhoods and celebrating its diverse immigrant communities through soccer for the past three years. This year, the Unity Cup had a record 52 teams representing countries from around the world compete in the tournament, which kicked off in August and runs through October. Continue reading “Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?”
There’s no getting around it – Philadelphia has a pretty incredible skyline. Whether it’s from a vantage point on the South Street Bridge, one of the new skyscrapers in University City, or taking PATCO into the city, it’s almost impossible to not be in awe of Philly’s skyline views.
There are so many great spots for snapping a selfie with the Comcast Center in the background, but what if we told you that the best views of the city (and we mean the whole city) could be spotted from the Delaware River… on a boat?
We’ve put together a crawl through the historic Old City District below, hitting all the must-see sites representing Philly’s history you might have missed on your field trips, the must-eat treats you HAVE to try, and the BEST way to catch the city’s skyline views – on the Spirit of Philadelphia, a cruise that leaves from Penn’s Landing year-round. Continue reading “Here’s How You Can Catch the Best Skyline Views… from a Boat on the Delaware River!”
Philadelphia is one of the best areas for getting around without owning a car… even beyond the city limits. Public transportation can bring you all around the city for less than $3, regional rail can take you far into the ‘burbs, and for your weekend adventures of apple picking, hiking in the woods, and getting out of the city to take photos of the fall colors? There’s Zipcar.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, and for good reason. You can book a variety of cars by the hour, or by the day, on a college student budget (use code CampusPhilly718 when you sign up before 8/25/18 for a $10 discount!) There’s available Zipcars on campuses all across the Philadelphia region, and with a quick sign-up process, you can be en route to the best spots in no time.
As any Philly-area college student knows, a trip to the South Philly IKEA is essential before moving in. With a VIP Zipcar parking space available, your move-in process (and packing your car with all of the things) will be a breeze!
Once you’re settled, it’s time to start planning some off-campus adventures. You can quickly and easily take Zipcar to explore a new area of the region at some really fun fall events, such as United By Blue’s cleanup of the Darby Creek at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on August 25, 2018. It’s just a few miles from the city, but the beauty of the area makes you feel like you’re seomewhere else entirely. Read more about how you can help protect our region’s ecosystem and have fun doing it by clicking here.
Make sure to reserve a Zipcar for Saturday, September 8 – it’s Campus Philly’s annual CollegeFest celebration at Dilworth Park! Join college students from all over the area at the day-long festival featuring games, prizes, swag, live music, and so much more to give you a taste of all that Philadelphia has to offer (just be sure to register ahead of time so you can skip the line!) There are plenty of locations to park your Zipcar, and your new friends will be grateful for the ride!
Visiting Longwood Gardens in the fall should be a rite of passage for any college student. It’s a quick drive away, easy to get to, and there’s plenty of Zipcar parking spots available. Check out the Longwood Gardens event calendar to see what’s going on this fall and plan a trip!
Don’t forget to sign up for Zipcar before August 25, 2018 so you can get a $10 discount! See you out there in Philly – we’re so glad you’re here!
The semester may be almost over, but the best time to be in Philly is just getting started. With perfect temperatures for walking around, trees in bloom, and al fresco dining in its peak season, the spring and summer months are the best of the year.
Whether you have family in town visiting for graduation, or have posted so many impressive photos of Philly throughout the year that your friends couldn’t stay away, the five spots below will help you show your friends and family around the city you call home. Trust us on this one – they’re going to recognize you as the expert on the must-see, must-experience sites in downtown Philly. Continue reading “When School’s Out, Philly Summer is IN!”
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Many college students begin to realize a common problem when they move away from home and begin a life of their own: living space is expensive. If you want your own private room or apartment, this often costs much more than a shared dorm room. While you save money in one place, you sacrifice space in the other. It may seem like there is no way to accommodate all of your belongings in a particular space, but there is another option students can take advantage of which they do not always consider. College students in Philadelphia often don’t realize they can rent a self-storage unit and enjoy all the benefits of extra space without needing to pay extra for housing. If you are a student currently attending college in the city, you can greatly benefit from what self-storage Philadelphia has to offer.
1. Rent a Smaller Living Space
Whether you live in a college dorm room, rent a studio apartment, or even live in a house with a group of other roommates, you are likely short on space. In any of these living situations, there are not very many places where you can store your previous semesters’ textbooks, personal items from home, bikes, instruments, sports equipment, or anything else. A lot of students have realized that they are able to rent a self-storage unit to keep a lot of these items instead so that their dorm or apartment is only filled with the things they need the most. Renting self-storage allows you access to your belongings any time you might need them without needing to keep them in your limited living space. You also save money because you will not need to sacrifice more money for a large place to live. Pro tip: consider sharing your storage unit with a roommate you trust. It can also cut down the monthly cost of your storage unit.
2. Keep Only Essential Items in Your Living Space
As a college student in Philadelphia, you have a lot going on. From taking classes to working and balancing a social life, organizing your belongings may not be at the top of your priority list. Keeping your books, notes, and living space organized, however, is key to a successful college career, and a storage unit can help with this. When you rent a unit from a storage facility, you reduce clutter and distractions so you can focus on your studies. Self-storage allows you to keep non-essential items organized and safe while you go about your daily routine.
3. Solve the Summer Storage Problem
One dilemma that Philadelphia college students often face is what they will do with all of their personal items and furniture when they move back home for the summer or take a long summer trip or internship. Moving all of your items back home is a hassle and often impractical, but college students often feel this is the only way they can keep their belongings safe while you are gone, but self-storage eliminates the problems usually associated with moving during the summer. Consider storing your books, furniture, childhood memorabilia, movie collection, binders, and notes in your own storage unit so you don’t have to worry about what will happen to them while you are gone. This will help you enjoy your summer without the added stress moving often entails.
If you’re ready to get organized, create more space in your already small living area, or enjoy your semesters off without the stress of moving, self-storage can help. You don’t need to sacrifice your money for space. Getting a storage unit in Philadelphia may be the best investment you could make during your college years.
What an exciting time to be a student in Philadelphia! The Eagles are Super Bowl bound, The Franklin Institute has a special student discount to see the famed Terracotta Warriors and there are cool upcoming events happening all over the city, PLUS Open Arts Membership Week and Wired:Philly, our recruiting event for science and tech majors. Below are our weekend picks!
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Deal Alert! The Franklin Institute is offering a student discount (only $10!) for a special Evening with The Terracotta Warriors on Thursday, February 8. Create an Open Arts account (FREE!) to access this deal.
- This Friday is Final Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The theme is “Weird Science,” which will feature experiments, discoveries, and art.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 27 at the Penn Museum.
- There’s nothing crappy about the deals at Art Star CRAP Bazaar. Local artists will be selling off their “seconds” at huge discounts.
- Yogi’s choice – a Sunday yoga session among plants in a greenhouse or sharks in an aquarium! Or you can check out $5 workout classes at Sunday’s Resolution Rx 2018.
- Take a stroll down the Parkway and marvel at the free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition. It makes for great Boomerang material.
- Take a quick survey and get a chance to win a free dinner courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine.
January 14 – 21 is Open Arts Membership Week! Sign-up at openartsphilly.com/activate. Members get access to awesome discounts, free tickets and the ability to be part of our Open Arts College Nights, all for FREE.
- Three exclusive Open Arts opportunities coming up:
- February 8th, Evening with the Terracotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute. Claim $10 tickets exclusively for Open Arts members.
- February 9th-18th, Written on Skin presented by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. Snag FREE tickets to this Philadelphia debut.
- April 19th, Preview Night at FringeArts. Come check out the World Premiere of ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! OR WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! Register for FREE tickets.
These and other special events are available only with Open Arts membership. Make sure to share openartsphilly.com/activate with your friends and make plans to explore the city!
Exercise your body and mind! Here’s Where to Get Fit in Philly Without Going Broke and where to test your pop culture knowledge at these themed trivia nights.
Lend a helping hand on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15. The 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service has a long list of community volunteer opportunities.
Take a break from your clean eating resolution for one day. Come on, it’s just one! CCD Restaurant Week is happening January 14-26 at 50+ local spots. Three-course lunch, $20. Three-course dinner, $35. This is a popular deal so make your reservations now.
Lace up your skates and hit the ice at A Snowy Bowie Skate on Saturday, January 13 and Open Arts College Night: Skate Night on Wednesday, January 31, both happening at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.
Start the New Year off right by finding, advocating, and teaching others to discover their voice! Campus Philly and Temple University will be hosting the Inclusive Leadership Conference on Feb. 3 for ALL Philadelphia-area college students. Register here.
Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!